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The visual arts have been an important component of the Clifden Arts Festival since its inception. Connemara has a magnetic effect on artists of all genres but particularly visual artists. Being immersed in the wild beauty of this place has inspired visual artists for centuries. This year we hope to inspire you with a window trail around the town featuring the work of over sixty artists connected to Connemara. We also have eleven solo and group shows involving over twenty artists. [rev_slider alias="CAFAT21"] The Arts Trail is a long running tradition of the Clifden Arts Festival that turns the whole town into a Gallery. Featuring art from local arts in windows

The Art Trail The Art Trail is a window exhibition taking place in Clifden Town as part of the Clifden Arts Festival turning the whole town into an art gallery. Find a full list of locations and artists below. MAIN STREET Alcock & Brown Isobel Marinot-Wood Gannons Sports Mary Doyle,Dympna Heanue O’Dalaigh Jewellers Patricia McQuinn The Digital Office Kim O‘Donoghue Viviana Clifden Angela Williams Kings Paper Shop Stephanie Coyne Millars Peter Huszti, Susanne Keane Off the Square Geraldine O’Brien Upstairs Downstairs Kieran Tobin 12 Pins Coffee Shop Yvonne King Lavelle Gallery Deborah Watkins Whitethorn Gallery Aldo Balding EJ Kings Interface - Broken Vessels Clifden Pharmacy Kate Mc Namara,Katherine West Guys Margaret Irwin-West Sullivans Supermarket Geraldine Folan, Maria Hutton Paulines Hair Salon Kathleen Hinde Morans Butchers Davinia Johnson Morans Totalhealth Pharmacy

The Clifden Arts Festival is very happy to confirm that we will be having a limited number of extra tickets for select events that will go on sale from Monday 6th September at 10 am.  This announcement comes as a result of the Government’s guidelines for the next stage of the roadmap which will see a limited increase of capacities at indoor venues. All new bookings, and existing ticket holders, will be required to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate for admittance to all events. Please Note: Any existing ticket holders who cannot provide a vaccine passport are asked to contact us at info@clifdenartsfestival.ie . Anyone who is no longer in a

Clifden Arts Festival has always been focused on live events. Sitting down to listen to a concert or hearing the voice of the poet. Last year was our first foray into digital events and this year we have developed that further with a new series of pre-recorded Digital events. Conversations with writers, actors, poets, musicians, artists and filmmakers.

The 44th Clifden Arts Festival 2021 – September 15-23, 2021 “A unique and outstanding experience… a ‘meitheal’ between artists and audience forged on a profound respect for community and belonging”President Michael D Higgins Resilience and community spirit remain the order of the day as Clifden Arts Festival keeps the fireslit for its 44th gathering of music, stories, and illumination. Having held fast as a beacon for the arts in 2020, the longest-running community arts festival in the country will once again hoist a flag for the creative spirit this September. As the country emerges cautiously from Covid restrictions, Clifden Arts Festival 2021 will offer wonderment and solace to audiences and artists alike in these

Shine Light.From the west coast of Ireland to the great big wounded world. A short music movie, filmed in Maumturk, directed by musician Larry Beau in collaboration with actress Olwen Fouéré, designer Alison Conneely and cinematographer Roman Bogovskiy, all Galway natives. The project is in support of FOCUS Ireland. Shine Light is also the debut single from Larry beau’s forthcoming album and is currently on the RTE Radio 1 playlist recommendations. For full information go to: https://tht.ie/shine-light

The Art Trail is a numbered window exhibition taking place in Clifden Town as part of Clifden Arts Festival. Start at Market Square, going downthe right-hand side of Market Street, then head towards the Clifden Station House Courtyard and then back onto the Galway Road. Turn left onto Bridge Street heading towards Market Street again. On Market Street, keepto your right-hand side, heading towards Main Street and coming back again to Market Square. The Art Trail runs from 17th - 25th September. Market Square and Market Street All Things Connemara Yvonne KingThe Bike Shop Janet MercerHehirs of Clifden Manon West Clifden Station House Courtyard Oh by Gum Richard WardOh by Gum Michael HarrisSteam Doris

Presenter: Mary RuddyMorning Schedule11.00 – 12.00: Lecture by Hugh Duffy ‘Diary of a Nobody’ (recorded in the Station HouseTheatre, Thursday 17 September) Evening Schedule17.00: Part 1 of a series of short radio documentaries by Michael Gannon called ‘In My OwnWords’17.20: Interview with Janet O’Toole, Chairperson of Connemara Community Radio17.30: Interview with Judy Murphy, Arts Correspondent with the Connacht Tribune18.00 – 19.00 Poetry with Patrick Deeley and Catherine MacCarthy (recorded in the Churchof Ireland on Thursday 17 September)19.00 – 20.00: Injury Time, sports programme from Connemara Community Radio20.10 – 21.00: American Country, with Tomas Little, from Connemara Community Radio